The Scholarships


The Jamaica Labour Party believes education is the greatest force for the positive transformation of our society. At the Party’s 75th anniversary conference in 2018, Party Leader, and Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, announced plans to offer 5 national scholarships in the name of past Prime Ministers who have formed governments from the Jamaica Labour Party benches in Parliament. These scholarships were awarded in 2019.

Further to the 2018 announcement, by the Party Leader, the Jamaica Labour Party scholarship fund has been ongoing with four (4) scholarships being offered in 2020. The scholarships are merit based and are open to all Jamaicans who are accepted or continuing their studies at accredited local tertiary institutions as designated by the scholarship committee from time to time.


The National Scholarships

The 2022 National Scholarships are named in honour of past Ministers who were part of government formed by the Jamaica Labour Party. They are as follows:

  • The Hon. Hector Lincoln Wynter Scholarship for Spanish
  • The Hon. Christopher Bovell Scholarship for AI, Digital Transformation or Data Science
  • The Hon. Professor Oswald Harding Scholarship for Law or Legal Drafting
  • The Hon. Robert Lightbourne Scholarship for Urban Planning 
  • The Hon. Derrick Charles Smith Scholarship for Criminology

The 2022 scholarships will each value up to J$500,000 per year for a maximum of three years and will be tenable at the University of the West Indies (“UWI”), the University of Technology (“UTECH”), the Northern Caribbean University (“NCU”), the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) or Teachers Colleges.

The National Scholarships will be applied first towards tuition fees, (inclusive of miscellaneous fees) then to learning materials and where applicable, boarding or lodging, and all other areas related to the academic pursuit, up to the limit of the scholarship award.

Notwithstanding the sums and the term mentioned above the JLP Scholarship committee reserves the right to award a lesser sum and/or a shorter period where the circumstances warrant.